Here Are the Names Reportedly in This Year's NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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Here Are the Names Reportedly in This Year’s NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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With All-Star reserves announced later this week, and the Rising Stars roster heading our way tonight on TNT, it only feels fitting that we now know who will be in the 2022 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

According to Shams Charania, Houston’s No. 2-overall pick Jalen Green will headline the event in Cleveland alongside Orlando’s Cole Anthony, Golden State’s Juan Toscano-Anderson, and New York’s Obi Toppin.

Considering the NBA has had a problem getting well-known talent into the competition in recent years, I’d consider this lineup a decent win.

Green is an absurdly athletic young player with tremendous potential, while Toppin is another former lottery pick who has built a reputation around his high-flying antics. Anthony has also started to carve out a name for himself in Orlando this season, whereas Toscano-Anderson has become a steady role player for one of the NBA’s best teams.

The only way I’d say the NBA screwed things up is by NOT getting Javonte Green into the competition! The Chicago Bulls swiss-army-knife has been one of the league’s best in-game dunkers this season, stringing together highlight after highlight in thunderous fashion.

Don’t believe me? Just watch …

It’s always possible Green declined an invitation, but I also wouldn’t be shocked if the NBA just didn’t look his way. The league clearly went after some higher-profile young talent for this year’s contest, and perhaps they were too scared Green would make it a no-contest. After all … DID YOU SEE THOSE DUNKS!?

Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.